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The move to move guys around

Posted by Darren Urban on August 14, 2013 – 9:58 am

So much has been made about Larry Fitzgerald’s work at all the receiver positions, but in truth, Bruce Arians likes testing out all his receivers. When he talks about young wideouts making errors half the time in the Green Bay game, part of that has to be attributed to what is on their plate. It’s part of the process.

“Coach Arians wants to see guys do things they may not be comfortable with, he wants to see what everyone is good at,” Fitzgerald said. “He wants to see you uncomfortable to push you, to get the best out of you. Everybody is on edge, on their toes. There are plays off the script that you’ve never been prepared for, but he wants you to be thinking, to be studying.”

It goes past the receivers. Arians thinks of camp — especially the early time — as a time for “experimentation.” That may have been one reason, for instance, that the Patrick Peterson-as-receiver scheme picked up steam as the days went past and the Cards saw on the field that he could flourish in such a role.

“Right now you have to press the element to figure out what guys can do,” Arians said. “You have to take them out of their comfort zone too, because they don’t know what their comfort zone is until they try something else. The more tricks you can learn, the more you can do. Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts, Larry Fitzgerald, they’re all learning all three (receiver) positions. You keep pressing the envelope. That’s how you find special niches — (for instance,) this guy is an outside player, but he’s a hellacious inside pass rusher. You won’t know it until you put him in there.”

– Forbes came out with its latest valuations of each NFL teams, with the Cardinals ranking 24th in the league at a worth of $961 billion million (Oops. Man, if it was billion, I better ask for a raise) in 2012 and an operating income of $9.7 million. The team with the biggest value? Saturday’s opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, at more than $2 billion. For the full list, go here.

– The Cardinals are off today. They resume practice tomorrow at University of Phoenix Stadium.


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Calais Campbell loves being a Cardinal, and we love it too

Posted by since1898 on August 7, 2013 – 10:29 am

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Tyrann Mathieu knows it’s close

Posted by since1898 on August 7, 2013 – 9:11 am

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After the Red-White

Posted by Darren Urban on August 3, 2013 – 5:17 pm

The Red-White practice Saturday, with a new coaching staff and with a team that is pretty banged up right now, was a little different than the Red-Whites of Whisenhunt past. But it was a big crowd — the biggest of camp — and gave the Cards a little something different as they head into a day off.

“It was a good thing for us just to see how we’ll play with people around,” linebacker John Abraham said. “A lot of times, practice gets monotonous, but to get to have a crowd and really play football, it brings the real stuff out. … Some people can’t handle big crowds. Some people are practice heroes.”

– The crowd was estimated at 17,500, topping last year’s record crowd of 14,500.

– Linebacker Daryl Washington made an impressive one-handed interception. He continues to plug away as his suspension draws closer at the beginning of the season and with another court date looming next week. “I’m a pretty strong person,” Washington said. “I always try to take a negative situation and turn it into a positive and I think in the end, (his off-field issues) are going to make me a stronger person overall.”

– I thought quarterback Drew Stanton had his best practice since becoming a Cardinal. I wasn’t the only one on the sideline with that belief. That was good to see.

– Running back Ryan Williams, who Bruce Arians already said was going to be out for another few days, was using crutches at practice. It was probably a precautionary move to take a little more pressure of his bothersome knee, but it’s still something you’d rather not see.

– We’ll end on a quote from guard Chilo Rachal, who was asked about all the trouble seem to have pronouncing his name. “You would think I’m from a foreign country,” he said. (For the record, it’s CHI-lo RA-shall.)


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New Cardinals on display at Red/White practice!

Posted by since1898 on August 3, 2013 – 1:15 pm

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Rookie WR Dan Buckner’s motto for #CardsCamp practice

Posted by since1898 on August 3, 2013 – 10:30 am

‘Gotta catch ‘em all’ – WR Dan Buckner

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Larry Fitzgerald high five fail

Posted by since1898 on August 3, 2013 – 8:20 am

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Tweet of the day

Posted by since1898 on August 2, 2013 – 10:31 pm

Bobby Massie gets some love from his alma mater.

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Patrick Peterson lights it up on offense

Posted by since1898 on August 2, 2013 – 6:34 pm

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The Honey Badger just takes what it wants

Posted by since1898 on August 2, 2013 – 9:37 am

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